Sunday, 31 January 2021

Understanding the Difference

Hi Loves,

Here's a bit of reading for you.  I was casually browsing the web (you guessed it a bit bored at work with no project in hand), and I came across a post from Craftsy.  It was explaining the difference between British vs American Crochet terms (you knew there was a difference, right?) and decided to share it.

For starters...

The chain and slip stitch mean the same for both, thank goodness!!!

Now, this is where things get weird if you are not aware there was a difference....  Imagine being gifted some vintage crochet patterns, you got very excited to try a very cute pattern.  You got the required yarn, needle and with the pattern in hand started your project, only at the end or even in the middle come to realize it is not looking like the pattern somehow.  

What could be the issue? Here's your answer;
  • You are accustomed to British terminology and the pattern was written in American terminology
  • Or the reverse... 
Not to worry I got your back, here are the differences;

American CrochetBritish Crochet
Single crochetDouble crochet
Half double crochetHalf treble crochet
Double crochetTreble crochet
Treble crochetDouble treble crochet
Double treble crochetTriple treble crochet

Now that we know the differences, how do we tell the origin of a pattern?
  1. Check for the term single crochet (sc). This is an indication this was written using American terms.
  2. Does the pattern ask you to check your tension? If it does, it's written using  British terms.
  3. Another indicator is does the pattern ask you to miss or skip stitch?
Now my loves that you are armed with the information go forth and create those masterpieces.

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Sunday, 3 January 2021

I'm back......

 Hi my loves,

Wow! It's been ages..... I really missed you guys.  I missed writing, creating, and just doing what I really truly love.  Many of you may know being an entrepreneur have its ups and downs, mid 2019 - 2020 was a bit of a challenge for me where my business is concerned. It was with great sadness I went out and became gainfully employed to be able to take care of my family, as my little income from my new business was not making the cut.

It was easy at first to be able to do both, but then with the work hours and commute to and from work, it became harder.  I however still researched ways in which to make it work, but I honestly LOST MY MOJO....... I have been in a funk for a few months now.  I visit my blog, check my many draft but still, no willpower to write or create. I have unfinished projects on the mannequin, in bags, etc.

Then there is COVID-19 which further puts a dark cloud over my already gloomy mood... I need supplies but really don't want to go out in the public more than I really need to.  So with 2020 coming to a closing and Covid-19 seemingly a constant fixture, I have decided to give it another go.  This time dabbling in something I have been doing for a few months now and trying to find more creative ways to display my talent.

So my loves I would like your opinion on what I have so far..... Are you guys ready?

This is a jeans-like yarn from Ice Yarns.  

A simple choker.

My beautiful daughter modeling the choker above.

I really love making this stranded neckless.

excuse the shadow.. night crocheting

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